Member Blogs Archive > September 2017

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Mystery of the Bear Cub by Carl DiRocco, Tamra Wight

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The boys are back at the campground doing their chores for spending money.  They're excited to see Roy arrive but he's in a really bad mood and won't talk to them.  He's also a bit snarly when he does talk...Island Port Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.When they find a mysterious old building on their island, the park ranger tells them it belonged to an old inn that was there back in stage coach days.  They suddenly decide they might try looking for leftover bottles Read More
  • from Barner Books

    Ms. Magazine Rare First Issue - Spring 1972 Preview Issue

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:57:00 Permalink
    Front Cover of the Preview IssueMs. Magazine The magazine commenced publication in 1972.   It started as a monthly in July 1972.   The preview issue (as shown) came out in Spring of 1972, cosequently it is often overlooked as it did not have a volume or issue number.Publisher:  Majority EnterprisesElizabether Forsling HarrisPresident:  Gloria SteinemCOVER STORIES   Gloria Steinem on SisterhoodLetty Pogrebin:  On Raising Kids without Sex RolesSylvia Plath's Last Major WorkWomen Tell the Truth aboutTheir AbortionsJane O'Reilly on the Housewife's Moment of TruthTable of contentsFeatured in the magazine was a section entitled:  Marcia and MarviBoys and Girls, Girls and Boys, by Eve Read More
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    Nail's Crossing by Kris Lackey

    Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finding dead bodies is no fun and when they've been really abused before death it's worse.  Bill has seen dead before but this young woman's death is disturbing.  What would be more disturbing would be why she died...Blackstone Publishing and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.  Bill is involved because she was found on the Indian Reservation.  He and the county deputy search the area for clues.  He finds the knife but he also knows it was left in a fairly obvious place.  She was last seen dancing with a Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Vic Visits the Wine & Viticulture Collection of the UC Davis Shields Library

    Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:18:10 Permalink
      Who has the greatest collection of wine & viticulture literature in the world?  The Shields Library at UC Davis, that’s who!  To quote the August 22nd BCC announcement of this 15 September field trip, “The wine library at UC Davis houses more than 30,000 books in more than 50 languages, manuscripts, historic records, research data, and materials in every […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Son of a Witch edited by Trysh Thompson

    Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is great fun to read.  It's about young witches learning spells and managing to mess them up.  Most are hoping for love, but what they get is not what they really wanted...World Weaver Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.You get six humorous contemporary fantasy stories of magic spells gone wrong by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sara Dobie Bauer, Lissa Marie Redmond, Frances Pauli, Mara Malins, and Adam Millard.  All of them are a hoot in one form or another.Everyone knows you need to be very Read More
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    Grandpa's Ghost Stories by James Flora, Irwin Chusid

    Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a reprint of a book that was published in 1978.  The stories are a bit scary but more amusing than anything.  Why not get into your favorite chair and put your little one in your lap for a read-aloud session?Feral House and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.The illustrations in the story make this book.  The tales are good but your young one will probably have a better time looking at the pictures.  There are skeletons, bugs, spiders and more on and around the pages Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The War that Inspired A Separate Peace

    Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Author John Knowles was born in West Virginia in 1926 to a well-off family. His family's comfortable living allowed him to go the private preparatory school, Phillips Exeter Academy. Upon graduation, he served for two years in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He attended Yale University after his service ended and while there, wrote humor stories for The Yale Record. He also worked on the Yale Daily News. He continued his journalism after school with a job at the Hartford Courant and eventually as assistant editor at Holiday. It wasn't until prompted by friend and Pulitzer Read More
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    Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carrie is living with her aunt and uncle and working at the local library.  She loves her family but her job is boring and she's thinking of moving on.  Then she's offered a permanent position in the library.  She's not sure but she agrees to try it for her aunt and uncle.  She doesn't know there is a resident ghost there that will be making her acquaintance...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.One of the first programs she puts on is a presentation by a Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Cici's Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-in-Training by Joris Chamblain

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cici has an insatiable curiosity.  When something is a mystery to her, she goes after the answer.  This causes some problems with her Mom and her girlfriends.  It's all part of growing up...First Second Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.The story itself is partly Cici's journal and the rest of it graphic novel.  It's an interesting combo.  Her handwriting is a bit hard to read and she doodles so the journal is entertaining.The first adventure she gets into is trying to follow an old man who has Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Woman Who Knew Too Much: A Nora Baron Thriller by Tom Savage

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    I almost didn't read this one.  Spies are not my favorite thing but this author writes an excellent tale.  He draws you in, spoon feeds you hints, and makes you worry about the characters.  Everyone is in danger.  You don't play around with Russia...Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Nora is asked to do a special job by her husband's employer.  He knows she has acting skills so he sends her to meet a Russian actress who is trying to defect.  She and Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Seven Interesting Facts About Agatha Christie

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Agatha Christie, going by sheer number of copies in print, ranks behind only Shakespeare and God (or, at any rate, The Bible). That in itself should be enough to suggest the tremendous literary stature of the woman who created Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, but it bears mentioning that she was also a recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award, and had her book The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) voted the best crime novel ever by the Crime Writers' Association, all in addition to her success as a playwright (The Mousetrap’s West End theatrical run began Read More
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    The Monster Hunter Files (Monster Hunter International) by Larry Correia

    Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you like stories about alien killers and things that go bump in the night, this book is for you.  If you like mercenary soldiers, you'll probably like it too.  When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down until I was done!Baen Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Owen is in most of the stories and he's a bad ass monster killer.  Even if they look like cacti.  I also admire his wife who became a monster killer at fifteen.  This whole book is filled with Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Incendiary Politics of Michel Houellebecq

    Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Like many other readers, we’re not quite sure what to make of Michel Houellebecq. And if we enjoy reading one of his works of fiction, or if we find his work inspiring, do those sentiments reflect somehow upon our own politics? These are complicated questions, of course, and if you’re not familiar with Houellebecq, you might be wondering why we’re even asking them in the first place. To give you a quick primer: a recent headline in The Guardian* read: “Michel Houellebecq: ‘Am I Islamophobic? Probably, yes.’” The writer has been described as “the ageing enfant terrible of French literature,” Read More
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    Hide and Seek M.J. Arlidge

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Helen Grace is now sitting in jail waiting for her trial.  She didn't commit the crime but she was framed for it.  The worst part is that it's her dead sister's son who framed her.  She can't do anything while incarcerated except try to stay alive...First to Read allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.I've been reading this whole series and knew I had to read this one to see if she was able to prove her innocence.  She has a real problem with that because Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Strange Lands: YA Otherworldly Fantasy Adventure (Heroes of Distant Planets Book 1) by Anderson Atlas

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Allan won the swimming competition and set a new record.  Then he got to watch it all go down the drain when his math teacher tells everyone he got an "F" on the last test.  On the way home, he gets lectured about his future, how long he'll be grounded and then everything goes black.  When he reawakens in the hospital, both his parents are dead and his legs don't work anymore...Synesthesia Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is written for Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet tale done in chapter book form of a missing tea dragon and a little girl who finds new friends...Oni Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 31st.The graphics are magical, some of the characters are creatures instead of people, and there's a lost little girl who is very shy and has memory loss.  When the main character returns the tea dragon to its home, she meets the The Tea Dragon Society.  At the moment, it only has two members.  But that's about to change.As Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    An Introduction to Sherwood Anderson, Creator of Winesburg, Ohio

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Midwest writer Sherwood Anderson was born in 1876 and raised in Ohio. Like the characters in his most enduring work, Winesburg, Ohio, he lived most of his life in small towns. Much of his writing was inspired by the places he lived and the people he met during a somewhat transient childhood. Anderson was one of seven children born to his mother and father. His father, Irwin McLain Anderson, was a former Union soldier with considerable debts and a habit for drinking, forcing the family to move frequently. To compensate for his father's difficulties keeping a steady job, Anderson worked Read More
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    Haunted Nights by Lisa Morton, Ellen Datlow

    Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Don't look for anyone nice in these stories.  They are wicked, mean and scary stories.  And I read every one...Anchor and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 3rd.If you're looking for a book that will get you in the mood for a scary Halloween, this one will do it.  These stories chill and might even make you a bit ill.  This is the dark side of horror.Here's the list of stories:“With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds” by Seanan McGuire“Dirtmouth” by Stephen Graham Jones“”A Small Taste of the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Ninja's Illusion: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery by Gigi Pandian

    Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jaya is going to Japan to support her friend who does a magic act.  She's also going to see if she can find some information about a dutch ship that sunk with cargo.  She has no idea both of those goals are putting her in danger.Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.This story is complex with lots of characters, lots of different agendas and people who will kill to get what they want.Jaya is torn between two men.  She loves them both and she's good friends Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    When Books Go to Broadway

    Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Broadway has always welcomed the country’s best playwrights. Everyone from Arthur Miller to Tennessee Williams to Lillian Hellman to August Wilson to Eugene O’Neill has been supported and sustained by the theatrical capital of America. Yet what is also interesting is Broadway’s tendency to adapt and stage something that started on the page. There have been failures (like the recent American Psycho musical) and smash successes (Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton). It has also provided many prose writers the chance to work in the dramatic form. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair from an Outside Perspective

    Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:37:22 Permalink
    This September, Tavistock Books took a step back from exhibiting at the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair, and our Master & Commander Vic Zoschak attended from a buyers standpoint alone. We pick his brain and see how it went! Photo by ZH Books. So, Vic – attending the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair as an Outside Observer. For […] Read More
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    Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

    Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He grew up being shuffled back and forth between his divorced parents and spending a lot of time in boarding schools.  He's good looking, smart and totally focused on his career.  He might spend a night with a woman but he's not looking for anything permanent.  So how does a young woman who is his emotional opposite suddenly become attractive to him?Ballantine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Merry works fulltime and takes care of her family.  Her mother is disabled and her brother has autism.  Read More
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    Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels by Kazue Takahashi

    Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This picture book has pastel graphics that are understated but work real well with the story line.  I enjoy their simplicity.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Kuma-Kuma travels a lot.  Usually in his mind but he sees wonderful things and has fun on his trips.  I grew up in the country and stayed home by myself a lot until my brother was born, so I learned to have trips in my mind, too.He even listens to the stars and watches the birds fly for hints.  When his mind Read More
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    Halloween Carnival Volume 1 by Robert Mccammon, Kevin Lucia, John Little, Lisa Morton

    Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of short stories that focus on Halloween.  They are light horror and read up easily and fast.  Especially in the daytime.  I'd suggest reading them in the daytime...Hydra and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Here's the list of stories:STRANGE CANDY by Robert McCammon Chocolate bars and sour suckers are trick-or-treat staples, but beware the odd sweet at the bottom of your bag. You never know who it’s from—or what it might do to you. THE RAGE OF ACHILLES by Kevin Lucia Father Ward should Read More
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    Fixing to Die by Miranda James

    Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Ducote sisters are visiting an old house where a ghost or ghosts might be hanging around.  Mary and her husband are running a bed and breakfast and strange things are happening.  They get ready and take along their young man and their two pets.  Once they arrive, they do notice some things.Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.An'gel discovers the French Room she occupies has someone who moves things she puts in place.  Her nightgown goes under her pillow but it was on the foot on Read More
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    Jak Barley Private Inquisitor and the Case of the Annoying Assassins (Jak Barley #5) by Dan Ehl

    Sat, 09 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jak is back and he's just as bad as he always was.  Bad puns, interesting curses, and ready to step where other people would not tread.  It's a good thing he has friends.  Without Lorenzo and his witch girlfriend and her mother, he probably wouldn't make it through these odd adventures he jumps into.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This one is the best one yet.  It starts a hunt for bank robbers and identifying corrupt CIA (Clandestine Information Authority) agents.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Past and Future in Han Kang's Fiction

    Sat, 09 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    You might have heard of Han Kang, and maybe you’ve read the English translation of her novel The Vegetarian (the book was published in the original Korean in 2007 with the English translation by Deborah Smith following eight years later in 2015). We’re guessing you might have at least heard of The Vegetarian since it won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for Fiction. The novel feels, in some ways, like a work of dystopian fiction in that it follows a woman who becomes a vegetarian after experiencing violent, bloody impulses all through a narration by her husband. Threads of Read More
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    The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

    Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's the dragon killer.  She was burned by one early in her life and now she hunts them down and kills them.  That's her job and she's good at it.  But she's been lied to.  Her goal and drive in life is headed in the wrong direction...Harper Teen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Asha believes she is the Iskari, the destroyer and the death bringer.  Her father has marriage in mind for her and has picked her mate.  She feels no love for him.  The only out she's Read More
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    A Brief Introduction to Frédéric Mistral

    Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1830, in the small town of Maillane, France, Frédéric Mistral was born to François Mistral and Adelaide Poulinet. His parents were wealthy, which afforded Frédéric the opportunity to receive a great education (though he was known for playing hooky as a child). After graduating with his bachelor’s degree, Mistral went on to study law until 1851. While Mistral was passionate about this field, his true gift was more literary. Greatly inspired by one of his teachers, Joseph Roumanille, Mistral became a masterful poet.  Read More
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    Ghost on the Case by Carolyn Hart

    Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Heaven is a nice place to live but Bailey likes her earth visits, too.  Playing detective can be fun.  She's sent to comfort a sister who is worried about her younger sister.  She never came home the night before and she has been contacted by a kidnapper.Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.This is a cozy mystery about a very rich man that is murdered.  The sister gets framed by the murderer.  Now Bailey has to find the killer and prove it was not the older sister.  Read More
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